Hamningberg Old Fishing Village, Vardo, Finnmark, Norway 

Hamningberg is located in the very north-east of Norway, on the shores of the Barents Sea and almost an hour by car from Vardø. What is special about Hamningberg is that this little fishing village was not destroyed in the razing of Finnmark in 1944–45. The German troops in the area heard rumours that the Russian forces were fast approaching, and fled before they had time to destroy the village. It is said that they ran and left food cooking on the stoves. As a result, this is one of the few places in Finnmark where you can still encounter old-fashioned houses and traditional coastal culture.

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